Garrard girls rally to beat Pioneers

January 11, 2004|JILL ERWIN

HARRODSBURG - Despite a distinct height advantage, the Garrard County girls were getting blown away on the boards Friday by Harrodsburg. But it was two offensive rebounds and putbacks that helped turn the tide of the game.

Harrodsburg led by four points with five minutes to play in the game, but managed just two more baskets the rest of the game as Garrard used a 13-6 run in the final 4:49 to win 41-38.

The Golden Lions (4-9, 2-1 46th District) were outrebounded 39-29 in the game, but held an 8-4 advantage in the decisive fourth quarter.

"Our last couple of games, rebounding has been our strength," Garrard coach Jenny Teater said. "We just didn't come out and rebound tonight. We didn't box out well and we've got to do better at that. We just try to go for the ball and put a body on somebody. They just killed us on the boards."


"They got a lot of offensive rebounds at the beginning and we just had to step up," Garrard's Ashley Meadows said. "When we got those offensive putbacks, that helped out a lot."

Harrodsburg led 32-28 after a basket by Shunel Sanders with 5:09 to play.

Meadows followed with a basket, and then Wendy Logan grabbed one of her 10 rebounds and put it back in to tie the game at 32.

"She's probably our strongest kid," Teater said. "She pulled down some key rebounds when we needed them. She put back an offensive rebound there at the end to kind of pick it up a little."

Abby Parsons hit a 3-pointer, her first basket of the game, to put Garrard up 35-32, and the Lions would never trail again. Laila Graves hit a 3 at the other end to tie the game at 35, but Andrea Adams put Garrard back on top with another offensive rebound and putback.

Garrard led 41-38 after Chelsea Denny hit two free throws with 13.9 seconds to play.

Harrodsburg used its final timeout and called two plays, depending on whether the Lions came out in a zone or man defense. However, the Pioneers were never able to get a shot off and Garrard held on for the win.

"Overall, I can't say I'm disappointed," Harrodsburg coach Bryan Tolliver said. "I wish we would have gotten a shot off, but I couldn't be more proud of them. We're slowly getting there, but I hope it snowballs and takes off from here."

Teater was impressed by Harrodsburg's defense, as the Golden Lions hit just 16 of 50 shots for 32 percent. However, Meadows scored 14 points and Tolliver said she was supposed to be a focal point for the Pioneers' defenders.

"We knew 23 (Meadows) was a player, and I wanted my kids inside to make her go right. Not once did we make her go right," Tolliver said.

Harrodsburg never trailed by more than five, and got a huge first half from Tiffany Smith.

She had nine of Harrodsburg's 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the first half, finishing with 12 boards for the game.

Garrard led 21-17 at the half, but it wasn't enough for Teater. She benched three starters (Kia Howard, Sydney Napier and Denny) and inserted Tamara Rothwell, Adams and Logan into the second-half starting lineup.

"Some people have gotten a little complacent," Teater said. "That happens and sometimes you have to send a message that way and hopefully it will pick up everybody's intensity."

Sarah Roach came up big in the second half for the Pioneers, scoring seven of her 10 points and grabbing five of her nine rebounds. Her play helped Harrodsburg stay close, but Meadows said the Lions are figuring out how to win games like Friday's.

"They make us nervous when they're close, but we're learning out to pull out a close win," Meadows said. "It just takes a lot of heart. I think our team has a lot of that. We just have faith in each other to pull through. We knew we could do it."

GARRARD (4-9) - Kia Howard 4, Chelsea Denny 6, Abby Parsons 5, Ashley Meadows 14, Andrea Adams 4, Wendy Logan 8.

HARRODSBURG (3-8) - Tiffany Smith 9, Mandy Long 4, Laila Graves 9, Sarah Roach 10, Shunel Sanders 6.

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